November 10, 2011
Arissa Ha

Resisting the urge to shop online isn’t one of my merits. In my defense, I was also looking for stuff I can use for my costume during Halloween. Taobao is a treasure trove of all things awesome (and cheap!!) and I really have Peeka.sg to thank for their wonderful shopping service. I should really get down to a mini tutorial on how to do your shopping on taobao.

I know I haven’t really been posting the last month, aside from making the costume from scratch and trying to source for fabrics, I had to juggle work as well. Not a cool feat.

Onward to the haul!

Bunch of outers that I got lately since winter is approaching.

From left to right:

  • Topshop Blazer
  • Sheer chiffon vest from taobao
  • Draped contrast jacket from taobao

The contrast jacket has got to be one of my favorite purchase (clothing-wise anyway) from taobao thus far. I am feeling generous today so I will include the taobao link to the jacket.

An array of bottoms I got because I seem to be wearing the same old jeans. All of them are from H&M except for the chiffon skirt looming at the back. It’s not exactly something I can put on during winter but I guess it’s still sensible to buy some clothes that I can actually wear in Singapore. There is a favoritism towards leather detailing these days.

And here’s my favorite part. SHOES!

Someone on Formspring asked if I’ve considered the androgynous look. Truth be told, with my short hair now, I look more like an adolescent boy but menswear-inspired shoes can be so much more comfortable than my heels. These are from a local brand called “Depression”. The straps make for an awesome detail when worn cause they wrap around the ankles. I dropped by their newly opened store in Cineleisure. Do visit it, they have menswear as well.

Adding on to this new-found love for menswear-inspired shoes, I also got this pair of Alexander Wang replicas from taobao. I was surprised at how well-made this pair of shoes are. The leather (no idea if it’s real leather) is buttery to touch and it doesn’t cut. I would definitely recommend buying it. Don’t quote me on the other products they have though, I only bought one item from them.

Next up is this pair of Theysken Theory replica. They look almost like the real deal except if you look closely, the insoles are from Jeffrey Campbell. That bit amuses me greatly. However, the first night I wore it, I got 6 blisters and the back loop which holds the straps down at the back broke on me. The only merit? They look awesome.

Regular readers of this blog would find these familiar. I had actually bought a pair of these dsquared replica in my last taobao order. I broke them when I was in Moscow, it could be the way I packed it or the lousy quality of the shoes itself. Long story short, I needed it in my life and I had to get a replacement. I don’t remember the last one’s link so I searched for another seller instead and prepared myself for the similar blotched quality. When it finally arrived, I was pleasantly surprised, they were definitely built better than the last one and there was no bubbly paintjob to be seen on the heels.

Lovely bag! Only draw is that the shoulder straps are thin and to support its weight and all the stuff that going to be inside is going to be a huge strain on my shoulders.

I laid my eyes on this envelope clutch when I was at the H&M showroom earlier this year. They’re versatile and simple enough to match with any outfit.

Lastly, there’s this beautiful lambskin totebag which I also got from taobao. They’re a tad pricey (for taobao standard) cause it’s real leather. I think they’re a replica of the totebag from Celine but who cares?? It’s a simple design but I’m quite afraid of putting heavy stuff inside cause lambskin isn’t as tough as calf leather. It took the longest to arrive at Peeka‘s China receiving centre though.

Pretty long list of stuff that I have here but then again, I haven’t blogged in ages. Sorry about that but now that we are approaching the end of the year, I hope that I can finally find time to blog regularly once more. Thank you all for reading!

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25 Responses to “Recent Purchases: Taobao loot 2 + H&M madness”

  1. J says:

    I’m so jealous. I went down to H&M today to get the clutch but they ran out of stock for the black one :(

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    Arissa replied on

    When I was there, they only had 2 left!

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  2. I ADORE that contrast jacket!!! I’m seriously considering buying it!

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    Arissa replied on

    They only have the grey x black one left!

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  3. Hina says:

    Thank you for sharing the link to the jacket! Considering getting it!

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    Arissa replied on

    I think they’re out of black x white though. All that’s left is grey x black

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  4. larvitard says:

    did you get the spine boots for the same price? i love browsing through taobao, but the thing that confuses me most is the pricing. similar items’ prices would range from 25RMB to 100+RMB, and while i know that a cheaper price most likely means low-quality, i still can’t bring myself to go for the more expensive, better quality one! i mostly try to balance it out with the feedback/score, though. how do you decide?

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    Arissa replied on

    I really don’t remember cause I got the first one through Dawn’s Peeka account.

    I just look at the seller rating and the feedback to decide.

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  5. Sarah B. says:

    Thanks for sharing the blazer and tote bag links!
    Ever since your last post about the Dsquared knocks I’ve been hesitating on whether to buy them from Taobao but I think I’m going to pull the trigger and hopefully I don’t get your old seller.

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    Arissa replied on

    I hope so too. Fingers crossed!

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  6. BloodBlack says:

    Heyy I hope you don’t mind me asking, but could you please link me to the seller you bought the dsquared replicas from? 😀

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    Arissa replied on

    I don’t know if I’ve got the link saved, the rest of the items were linked cause I still have them opened in my tabs. There are quite a few sellers selling the same shoes, they shouldn’t be hard to find.

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  7. CJ says:

    Just curious on the sizing of the shoes, do they run small? I bought a pair of heels recently and they were soooo tight! I’m worried! :/

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    Arissa replied on

    They seem to run true to size, at least for me.

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  8. Dawn Chen says:

    Luv your latest loot purchases! The contrast jacket is a fad addition as an essential yet statement piece to the wardrobe. Agree totally with you on taobao! I too starting to have an addiction to taobao shopping :) Recently discover a cool google chrome app that automatically list out all the various sellers and prices for an item and allows you to compare. So glad that it is taobao compatible!! Do check it out: Shopping Assistant (from ruyi.etao.com)

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    Arissa replied on

    Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  9. J Umm says:

    contrast jacket and the Dsquared reps are my fave.
    STYLE DECORUM

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    Arissa replied on

    Thanks.

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  10. yuuiki says:

    In love with the shoes and jacket!
    Definitely need time to figure out how to browse Taobao and it would be awesome if you could do a mini tutorial on how to shop on Taobao too haha.

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    Arissa replied on

    I will get round to it once I have the time! 😀

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  12. Joey says:

    Amazing haul! Love the contrast jacket. I really, really need to sit down and figure out Taobao. That site gives me a headache and not being able to read Chinese doesn’t help, but man they’ve got amazing stuff there

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    Arissa replied on

    Thanks!! It takes some getting used to. Sometimes, typing english in is fine as well. Dawn used to laugh at my mandarin but I think I’m doing okay now.

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  13. Sobriquet says:

    Hi thanks for sharing! These look great, love the shoes and your aesthetic :) might you be able to share any of these links or links to favourite shops (don’t know if it’s just me but I wasnt able to find any on the page)? I’d appreciate it greatly. Thank you :)

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    Arissa replied on

    I think we mentioned a couple of times that we don’t have a favorite shop cause we search for specific items. We would occasionally link to the items but they go out of stock quickly so by the time the item gets here, it might’ve already been sold out on the site. It’ll be much easier if you could search for these items yourself.

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